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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Welcome Brandon Nolan

Due to the rash of injuries to the Hurricanes, Brandon Nolan has been called up from the Alabany River Rats. Nolan is currently tied for first on the River Rats with 11 goals and is second on the team with 22 points.

Nolan will be playing right wing on the third line, with Matt Cullen and Andrew Ladd. Once again, the Canes will be rolling with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Cam Ward will get the nod between the pipes.

Nolan wears #12 for the River Rats, but will be wearing #36 for the Hurricanes.
In the past, he has usually worn the number 23, which is available here, but all indications are that he'll wear Jesse Boulerice's old number.

Nolan, as you may remember, was the center of some controversy over the summer when Canadian border officials detained him and denied him entry to Canada after he had been visiting his dad in Long Island. Brandon is a Canadian citizen and a First Nationer who had crossed the border hundreds of times without incident. This time, he was told to "go back to the US" and was repeatedly targeted with racist remarks. After about two hours, he was finally allowed to cross. I don't know what ever became of that, but I certainly hope those border officials were suspended or fired.

Here's the only Brandon Nolan video I could find. It's from a line brawl between the Philadelphia Phantoms
and the River Rats. Nolan is the "shirtless" player.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Video:
http://hurricanesinsider.com/viewstory.jsp?storyId=be0c77d47242a7a44ae086ff972605d5

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